“A CLEAR TEN THOUSAND PER ANNUM. YOU COULD NOT HAVE MET WITH A PERSON MORE CAPABLE OF GIVING YOU CERTAIN INFORMATION ON THAT HEAD THAN MYSELF . . .”—George Wickham
But over the course of 10 months, I have seen great trends and milestones. Slowly the average views per day are going up. Each time I did a blog post, there would be a spike in views. I tend to be pretty open with my blog posts so I also saw a trend when I wrote something specific about my writing, like when I finished my third book in an 11 month period and wrote “The end!” People seem to be more interested in news like that. Another spike I saw was when I first heard back from 2 different publishers and blogged about them turning Pride and Persistence down. The most exciting time was when I wrote about my book, Mr. Darcy’s Promise, being officially available to buy. I believe I titled it, “An author’s heart, now available to buy”. But it is not about the numbers. It is about who I TOUCH!
That is right! I do not care so much about the numbers. I do not care that I reached 10,001 views since my website has been active. I care about who I touch with my insights. On average, I get about 2-4 comments per blog, one of them is usually my mother (thanks mom!). If you haven’t noticed on my blogs before, I tend to write a bit about what is going on in my life and correlate it to some quote or scene or universal truth from Jane Austen. And although it seems like I see Austen everywhere, and in every facet of my life, (don’t we all??) really what I am trying to do is share a bit of what has made me the woman I am. So it may be a blog about my exercise program and how I am sacrificing the approval of the Miss Bingley’s, or I may be blogging about being a single mom, or I may be blogging about gratitude, or the $0.99 piece of tin that made my day, or topics like hope, patience, endurance, and passion. No matter what I write about, I hope to help someone.
Ultimately that is why I write as well. My books all have a lesson to be learned, something that intends to inspire and ignite the thought process. So does it matter to me what my sales ranking on Amazon is? Sure, but more importantly, it is about who I reach. I imagine from the reviews, that most people think it is a 4 star or 5 star book with a few outliers out there who just didn’t like it. I’m ok with that. But as I see my sales go up each day, I do not see $ signs. I see people who my words have reached. I chose to make my book available to lend or borrow on Amazon for this very reason. I can honestly say that all I hoped to do was make what I put into it back in the first year. Done that already. I get my first royalty check in October.
So do the milestones of reaching 10,001 views, making it as low as #22 on Regency Romance kindles, or getting my first royalty check mean much to me? Only in the context that I see how many people I have reached, and if I am lucky, touched. Thank you all for such a successful first year and first two months of publication of my first book. YOU are what it is all about. YOU are who I write for. YOU are who are important to me.
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